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This best TV show list represents the combined opinions of thousands of TV fans. Anyone can vote on this list of the best TV shows of recent memory, making this list a truly trustworthy way to find the best TV show. You can even add your own list to these TV show rankings.

Including shows like Friends and The X-Files, the best TV shows ever in the past 20 years features the latest television series as well as classics such as Seinfeld and Frasier. From sitcoms to dramas and animations to miniseries,  this list has got them all. If your favorite recent shows are missing, go ahead and add them!

What are the best TV shows of recent memory? Whether you're looking for the best TV shows to add to your Netflix queue or you just want to share your picks for the best TV series of the last few decades, this is the place to tune in to the tastes of TV fans around the world.

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1
+ - 5,504 3,829
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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2
+ - 4,741 4,354
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

3
+ - 5,333 2,737
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

4
+ - 5,176 3,948
Friends is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Friends 1994

5
+ - 4,377 3,701
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Seinfeld 1989

6
+ - 3,822 3,824
Lost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Lost 2004

7
+ - 3,643 2,663
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

8
+ - 3,574 3,455
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Dexter 2006

9
+ - 3,223 3,213
The Office is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
The Office 2005

10
+ - 3,901 2,731
House is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
House 2004

11
+ - 4,788 3,306
The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

12
+ - 3,014 2,447
The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

13
+ - 3,526 3,239
South Park is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
South Park 1997

14
+ - 4,121 2,800
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

15
+ - 3,843 2,523
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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16
+ - 3,217 3,148
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Family Guy 1999

17
+ - 2,711 2,772
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

18
+ - 3,015 2,698
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

19
+ - 2,446 2,166
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Firefly 2002

20
+ - 3,213 2,995
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

21
+ - 2,822 2,320
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

22
+ - 2,496 1,664
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Sherlock 2010

23
+ - 2,593 2,406
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Scrubs 2001

24
+ - 2,229 2,022
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Doctor Who 1963

25
+ - 2,373 2,602
The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

26
+ - 1,833 2,300
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Mad Men 2007

27
+ - 1,935 2,185
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
The Wire 2002

28
+ - 2,296 2,183
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Futurama 1999

29
+ - 2,036 1,856
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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30
+ - 1,580 1,995
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

31
+ - 2,024 2,025
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

32
+ - 1,940 1,598
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

33
+ - 1,648 1,582
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

34
+ - 1,618 1,899
The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

35
+ - 1,428 1,521
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

36
+ - 1,573 1,291
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

37
+ - 1,516 1,829
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Fringe 2008

38
+ - 1,379 1,292
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

39
+ - 1,548 2,144
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
30 Rock 2006

40
+ - 1,599 1,506
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
NCIS 2003

41
+ - 1,564 1,891
It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

42
+ - 1,823 1,660
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Frasier 1993

43
+ - 1,286 1,755
Community is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Community 2009

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44
+ - 1,438 1,604
Monk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
Monk 2002

45
+ - 1,249 1,913
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True Blood 2008

46
+ - 1,078 1,574
Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

47
+ - 1,345 1,404
ER is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
ER 1994

48
+ - 1,752 1,650
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

49
+ - 1,345 1,572
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

50
+ - 1,367 1,737
24 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years
24 2001